Curious Book of Birds cover

Curious Book of Birds

Abbie Farwell Brown (1871-1927)

1. Preface
2. The Disobedient Woodpecker
3. Mother Magpie's Kindergarten
4. The Gorgeous Goldfinch
5. King of the Birds
6. Halcyone
7. The Forgetful Kingfisher
8. The Wren Who Brought Fire
9. How the Bluebird Crossed
10. The Peacock's Cousin
11. The Masquerading Crow
12. King Solomon and the Birds
13. The Pious Robin
14. The Robin who was an Indian
15. The Inquisitive Woman
16. Why the Nightingale Wakes
17. Mrs. Partridge's Babies
18. The Early Girl
19. How the Blackbird Spoiled his Coat
20. The Blackbird and the Fox
21. The Dove who Spoke the Truth
22. The Fowls on Pilgrimage
23. The Ground-Pigeon
24. Sister Hen and the Crocodile
25. The Thrush and the Cuckoo
26. The Owl and the Moon
27. The Tufted Cap
28. The Good Hunter
29. The Courtship of Mr. Stork and Miss Heron
30. Phœnix

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Now the interesting facts about birds we have always with us. We can find them out for ourselves, which is a very pleasant thing to do, or we can take the word of others, of which there is no lack. But it is the quaint fancies about birds which are in danger of being lost. The long-time fancies which the world's children in all lands have been taught are quite as important as the every-day facts. They show what the little feathered brothers have been to the children of men; how we have come to like some and to dislike others as we do; why the poets have called them by certain nicknames which we ought to know; and why a great many strange things are so, in the minds of childlike people.